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Observation Peak
Banff National Park, Alberta
August 1, 2004

Third time's a charm. After two attempts trying to ascend Observation Peak in the fall when snow extended to the lower slopes and we were caught in a snow storm, Dinah and I took no chances and bagged the peak easily in the summer.

On this trip, we didn't walk to the bend in the road as Kane's suggest, but instead made the mistake of ascending the first gully we saw. But it wasn't really a mistake, as we encountered no difficulties and it's a more direct route to the false summit (we returned the same way). From the false summit it's a long hike to the true summit. We were hoping for great views at the top but we couldn't see much because of the haze caused by forest fires wafting in from B.C.

MOVIE (posted on YouTube)
KML Track


Approaching our ascent gully


Looking back after starting up


Looking west at Caldron Peak above Peyto Lake


Heading to the false summit


Much of the ascent was steep


Some delightful scenery in the gully


We passed by a cleft in the rocks


Looking back down the gully


Coming up to the false summit


On the false summit


View from the col: true summit is left


Looking back at the false summit


Walking to the summit


Arriving at the summit


Dinah on the summit


Trying to see through the haze


82 N/9 Hector Lake

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